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Important Facts for High School Students Who Are Neither Overweight nor Obese


Estimates for non-overweight and non-obese students are based on self-reported height and weight, which are used to generate Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations.


Number of high school students who reported that they are neither overweight nor obese


Number of high school students responding to the YRBS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since these estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of high school students who are neither overweight nor obese may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. Confidence intervals take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see:

Why Is This Important?

"Overweight and obese youth are more at risk to be overweight or obese adults. They are also more likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure?both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The percentage of youth with type 2 diabetes has increased significantly with the rise in overweight and obesity." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

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